too many persons the gnostic is someone who, feeling illumined from
within rather than by Revelation, takes himself to be superhuman
and believes that for him everything is permissible; one will accuse
of gnosis any political monster who is superstitious or who has
vague interests in the occult while believing himself to be invested
with a mission in the name of some aberrant philosophy.
a word, in common opinion gnosis equals "intellectual pride,"
as if this were not a contradiction in terms, pure intelligence
coinciding precisely with objectivity, which by definition excludes
all subjectivism, hence especially pride which is its least intelligent
and coarsest form.
the gnostic always in the etymological and not the sectarian
sense of the term or for the jnâni, there can
be no question of "egoism," since the ego is not "himself."
The "I" is for him the "other," objectification,
the vital tangible center of the world.
have written in one of our books that to be objective is to die
a little, unless one is a pneumatic, in which case one is dead by
nature, and in that extinction finds one's life.